Cell is the sixth stage in Gradius.


The Vic Viper must shoot its way through the crystal-like growth and fend off the Amoebas as there are more bullets to dodge than usual. There is not a Sub Boss in this level.

The boss in Cell Stage is Nucleus. The strategy to beat this organic enemy is to stay to the very left and up a little bit so the Vic Viper will be in a position to where its options will shot the bullets away for it and shoot at the center until Nucleus is destroyed.




  • This level and the last stage are the only ones in the arcade version of Gradius where the player does not fight a Big Core. Also, Cell is the only stage in the Arcade version which does not have a Sub Boss (the NES version has two levels without Sub Bosses).
Ships Vic Viper
Stages VolcanoStonehengeMoaiReverse VolcanoWasteland (PCE) • TentacleCellBase
Sub Bosses VolcanoZub RushMother and ChildIron MaidenTentacleElectronic Cage

Re-Bone (PC Engine) • Tornado (MSX) • Tyran Pace (MSX)

Bosses Big CoreCell NucleusXaerous Brain
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